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Report: Renewable electricity will surpass coal globally by 2030

CLEAN ENERGY:
Renewables will surpass coal as the world’s dominant electricity source by 2030, but clean energy isn’t spreading fast enough to meet climate targets, according to the International Energy Agency. (New York Times)
Hundreds of U.S. cities and counties have committed to a 100% clean electricity target, but not all targets are created equal. (Greentech Media)

WIND: The Trump Organization is ordered to pay $290,000 to the Scottish government after losing a legal battle against a wind farm. (Washington Post)

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MICROGRIDS: PG&E blackouts could catalyze the market for community-scale microgrids in outage-prone California, but obstacles remain. (Greentech Media)

STORAGE: Using the example of the Hawaiian island Molokai, a new study finds mountain gravity could eventually top lithium-ion for cheaper, longer energy storage. (Utility Dive)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
The Sierra Club urges automakers and dealerships to make more electric vehicles available in U.S. showrooms, pointing to a survey that found 74% of dealerships did not stock a single EV. (Reuters)
• The challenging and disconnected patchwork of EV charging stations across the U.S. is one takeaway by reporters on a cross-country EV road trip. (E&E News, subscription)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the company will build a new electric vehicle factory in Germany. (Reuters)

TRANSPORTATION: The oil and gas industry is criticizing a proposed cap-and-invest plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars in Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. (E&E News, subscription)

POLITICS:
• Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren unveils a “corporate perjury” plan that could land fossil fuel executives in jail for knowingly lying to federal agencies. (Grist)
• President Trump criticizes Democrats’ environmental policies during a speech, saying the party “tried to shut down American energy.” (The Hill)
• Top Democratic candidates for president share goals to decarbonize the U.S. power system but have different paths to achieve it. (E&E News, subscription)
At least three Democratic presidential candidates have pledged to ban fracking, but many policymakers believe the benefits outweigh the harm. (Vox)

OIL & GAS:
Michigan’s largest utility pledges net zero methane emissions from its natural gas delivery system by 2030. (Energy News Network)
Most oil and gas leases offered at auction by the Trump administration have been in water-stressed areas of the country, according to a new report. (Reuters)
Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico explore the idea of allowing oil companies to dispose of their wastewater in waterways. (E&E News, subscription)
A new study links an increased rate of earthquake activity in the Permian Basin with oil and gas production. (E&E News, subscription)

COAL: The conflict over a coal export terminal in Oakland, California, represents a deeper rift between land-locked Western fossil fuel-producing states and coastal states over climate policies and commerce. (InsideClimate News)

CLIMATE:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce continues to shift its climate change position, now supporting U.S. participation in the Paris climate agreement. (Grist)
Climate change lawsuits that were once viewed as longshots are becoming more commonplace. (Vox)
Nine experts give their opinion on how billionaires should spend their money to fight climate change. (Vox)

UTILITIES:
At a national industry conference, a utility executive says natural gas is an integral part of its sustainability plan. (Daily Energy Insider)
• California’s top utility regulator threatens hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines against PG&E over its alleged mishandling of power shut-offs; the commission votes today on whether to open an investigation. (NBC Bay Area, Associated Press)

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NUCLEAR: The country’s nuclear power plants are at risk of climate change effects like hurricanes and flooding, a researcher says. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY:
U.S. cities should look to Europe for how to achieve a clean energy future, says an executive at ABB Ability. (Smart Cities Dive)
A solar equipment supply company says cities should start setting goals for how much rooftop solar penetration they expect from residents over the next decade. (Solar Power World)

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